Then on PCS I would say Kostner's only edge is skating skills, but Yu Na is excellent in that as well, and as strong as anyone but Kostner.
Kostner fans needs to calm down. Kostner in 2005 skated a clean short at Worlds with a triple-triple and lost in the SP to an aging past her prime and non COP skater Kwan with only a triple-double, Slutskaya with a triple double and TWO major mistakes, and Cohen with a triple-double and two minor mistakes. Now imagine that ever happening to Kim instead, LOL! Kostner is a very good skater, but will never be on the level that Kim and Asada were at their very best. I could concur now one could atleast entertain the idea of competing when them now, although I would still favor both to beat them even at this years Worlds and this years Olympics as it is, but the only reason one could even consider Kostner in the fight with them at all right now is only since they arent at their 2007-2010 levels, otherwise there would be no such thoughts.
That is like saying any top skater who skated perfect with 7 triples under 6.0 could beat Michelle Kwan. Sorry it doesnt work that easy.ANY top skater who skates PERFECT with 7 triples can beat Yuna.
I don't know which competition and skaters os168 wanted to take an example for her opinion, but as a Yuna fan, I was very confused and upset when I saw her PCS at 06 SC and 08 Worlds.
Yuna was clearly a 'newbie' with no federation support and reputation at 06 SC. She had a clean performance there, I still think her Roxanne program is one of the most complicated and difficult SP from her - all the elements are well balanced, difficult transitions, beautiful choreography and step sequence.
However, she got only 24.84 (TES was 37.84) - skating skills 6.45 / transition 5.9 / performance 6.3 / choreography 6.25 / interpretation 6.15
Fumie Suguri and Alissa Czisny's SP were more simple and easier than Yuna's - nothing special between elements , and they were far from their bests that day. (watch on youtube)
Nevertheless, Fumie got 27.68 (TES was 30.84) - skating skills 7.1 / transition 6.75 / performance 6.85 / choreography 7.05 / interpretation 6.85
Alissa's PCS was 27.52 (TES was 29.6) - skating skills 7.0 / transition 6.6 / performance 7.0 / choreography 6.95 / interpretation 6.85
Do you think Yuna's transitions, choreography, performance, interpretation were worse than Alissa and Fumie that day, esp. transitions?
Yuna had the highest TES, but her PCS was 5th - lower than Joannie and Poykio.
Another case is 2008 Worlds.
Yuna popped 3Lz, but otherwise it was great and beautiful . She had the highest TES (64.82), but her PCS was 58.56, lower than Mao.
skating skills 7.57 / transition 7.0 / performance 7.46 / choreography 7.25 / interpretation 7.32
Mao awfully fell when she attempted 3A, did NOTHING for 30 sec. She recovered and executed other elements well, but her performance was a bid robotic, there were no special transitions and choreography in her program.
Her TES was 61.89 (lower than Yuna), and PCS was 60.57 (higher than Yuna)
skating skills 7.75 / transition 7.29 / performance 7.61 / choreography 7.57 / interpretation 7.64
Do you think Mao had better transitions, performance, choreography, interpretation than Yuna that night? I don't know what you and other posters think, but to me (and most of Yuna fans), it was unacceptable. Had Yuna been marked correctly, the results might have been different, JMHO.
I think judges try their bests to be fair, but sometimes they are not always mark what the skaters did ON THE DAY but base more on impressions and reputations, as os168 said.
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Yu Na or Nakano should have won the 2008 Worlds. I guess by the rules it should have been Yu Na, but I really thought Nakano had the most inspired performance, damn those stupid UR rules.
Even with the UR rules though Nakano clearly and undisputably deserved atleast the bronze over Kostner. Kostners silver at the 2008 Worlds for the long program performance she put out (I think only 2 of her 7 jumping passes were clean) was the most controversial result of the last 6 years in ladies skating, and make a mockery of the sport. It was clear the judges were looking to push a European lady back in the mix with Worlds being in Europe, after the Asian swep at the 2007 Worlds. Yu Na arguably deserved to win the 2011 Worlds too, not that she was underscored, her performances were far from her best, but Miki Ando was overscored. So Yu Na deserved 2 or 3 World titles and only won 1, so much for the idea from some of her haters of her being a judges pet, lol!
Step sequence, when it's done well, elevates the program.
Kostner's PCS in general should be higher. Her TR should be lower than Kim, always. When she's not clean, her P/E should also be lower. But I don't see Kim having better program or interpret music better.
Oops, OP was deleted, I didn't intend to bring controversial topics here, I was just responding to OP which was deleted. Don't get me wrong
I agree that Yukari was brilliant but underscored that night. Her PCS was not bad though (She got 59.32, Mao was first, she was 2nd) She was punished hardly because of her tiny, underrotated, ugly leg wrapping jumps.
I still can't conclude who should have won gold/silver/bronze that night.
Mao - great SP / awfully fell on 3A, did nothing for 30 sec, but overmarked on PCS (she was the first) compared to her competitors - 185.56
Caro - great SP / sloppy and lots of mistakes in the FS - 184.68
Yuna - fell on 3Lz, 5th in the SP / Great FS except one popped 3Lz. 1st on TES, but 3rd on PCS (underscored compared to others) - 183.23
Nakano - She was the only one who did two wonderful clean programs, but most of her jumps were tiny and ugly, lots of UR - 177.40
PE, CH, IN are very subjective, it's very hard to tell who is better. ( Yuna is my favorite, she looks better than Caro to me )
SS - Caro is slightly better / TR - Yuna is better
She recovered and executed other elements well, but her performance was a bid robotic, there were no special transitions and choreography in her program.
really? Mao was phenomenal, she just became the music, I remember being totally spellbound and in tears after I saw her skate! the way she fought back after the hard fall and how she went straight into 3-3, and the way she delievered every single element after that fall, left my mouth wide open, her performance was unforgettable, just watch the reaction of the audience it pretty much said it all!
on the other hand I don't even remember Kims performance that year!
Sonia Bianchetti's Review of the 2008 World Figure Skating Championships
Yu-Na Kim won the free skating with a splendid performance. She opened with a gorgeous triple flip/ triple toe- loop combination and landed a total of five triples, ending the program with a double Axel and a beautiful change foot combination spin. Her program was nearly clean. She only had a couple of minor errors: a poorly controlled landing on a triple Salchow and a singled planned triple Lutz. Her technique is pure and she moves beautifully on the ice. She is a joy to watch. In my opinion she was by far the best skater that night. Still, her marks in the components did not reflect this. Her total score was 58.56, just 0.4 ahead of Kostner and almost 1.03 less than Asada. Had she been marked correctly, although she was only fifth in the short program, she might have won the World title.
I love how ONE FAN'S emotional reaction to a skater should be the determining factor in scoring and the color of the medal.
If you're going to INSIST that your favorite skater is the best, then at least use something a bit more factual than "I almost cried" because there were plenty of people who didn't.
I almost cried over Alyssa's performance at the worlds, but that doesn't mean she deserved to win the WC title.
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I hate the Mao vs Kim rivarly. I as a big Mao fan, I will always admit that Kim Yuna is a very gifted skater. However, I dont undarstand how some people can down play Mao's acomplishements as if she is a lesser Skater. She is one of the top women of figure skating. One of the few internationally known skaters now. Olympic medalist. I find it lazy for commentators and sports writers to perpetuate this rivarly. Kim is kim and very amazing. And Mao is mao and also very amazing.